Spoleto, Spello, Bevagna, Perugia, Gubbio
Umbria festivals and celebrations, with their colours, sounds and voices, represent, according to Steve McCurry a unique occasion to picture the authenticity of the region.
McCurry has been to Spoleto, a sort of theatre-city, several times to participate in the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the two Worlds). Many concerts, operas, ballet and prose have been animating the town since 1954. Steve succeeds in catching the most intimate soul of the festival in his snapshots behind the scenes.
Then he moves towards the Clitunno Springs, then up to the town of Trevi, well known for its olive oil.
His journey continues to Spello, where the photographer captures the colours and perfumes of the Infiorata, the flower carpets which cover the street of the town, on the occasion of the Corpus Domini.
On the opposite side of the Umbria valley, he reaches Bevagna. A series of snapshots dedicated to the medieval Mercato delle Gaite (Market of the Gaite) illustrate the ancient handicrafts.There, in the half-light of the Romanesque Church of St. Silvestro, McCurry portrays the woman in medieval clothing, that has become the symbol of Sensation Umbria.
From Bevagna he moves towards Perugia, that for more than forty years during the first half of July has been hosting Umbria Jazz, one of the most famous and important jazz festivals around the world. His camera’s lens points at the famous faces of the international artists and the young musicians coming from all over the world, who merge with the profile of the city monuments.
Steve McCurry’s journey through the sounds and colours of the festivals and celebrations of Umbria ends in Gubbio, where they have been celebrating the Patron Saint, St. Ubaldo, on May the 15th, every year since 1160, with the spectacular Corsa dei Ceri (the race of the Ceri).